THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA
Phone:  +1 (949) 240-2000   •  Map & Directions
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Culinary Arts



Sophisticated Banquet Rooms in Southern California

Energize meetings and banquets with legendary catering from The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. “Fine cuisine” assumes entirely new meaning within our distinctively appointed banquet rooms – designed to commemorate any occasion with a signature Southern California touch. Reserve our highly versatile banquet facilities for your next group function in Southern California and choose from a variety of customized menu options. Attendees will stay refreshed and satisfied from start to finish.

Coffee Break

A variety of creative breaks are available.
SURF’S UP

Fresh Fruit and Wild Berry Smoothies
Whole Seasonal Fresh Fruit Selection
Granola Bars and Energy Bars
Homemade Mini Apple Raspberry and Banana Nut Muffins

THE BANANA BREAK

Fresh Fruit Smoothies – To include Banana and Strawberries
Tropical Banana Showpiece with Whole Bananas
Banana Date Bread
Homemade Raisin and Banana Nut Muffins
Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

THE POWER BREAK

Freshly Squeezed Vegetable and Fruit Juices
Red Bull Energy Drink (Regular and Sugar-Free)
Assorted Granola and Energy Bars
Individually Bagged Mixed Dried Fruit and Nuts
Individually Bagged Unsalted Roasted Peanuts

THE SNACK ATTACK

M&M’s, Snickers, Butterfinger Bars
Chocolate Kisses, Red and Black Licorice Whips
Lemon Squares and Raspberry Tartlettes, Apricot Pistachio Cake

THE SPA BREAK

Sobe Essential Herbal Juices
Individual Vegetable Crudités with Dipping Sauce
Fresh Fruit Brochettes with Raspberry Sauce
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches, Zucchini Walnut Bread

THE SUNDANCE BREAK

Bowls of Dry Mixes and Nuts to include a variety of:
Pistachios, Almonds, Corn Nuts, Cashews, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds,
Trail Mix, Spicy Trail Mix, Raisins, Golden Raisins and Wasabi Peas

MAKE YOUR OWN SUNDAE

Your Choice of Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Creams
Toppings of Sprinkles, Chopped Nuts, M&M’s, Crumbled Oreos, Butterfingers, and Heath Bars
Strawberry, Caramel and Chocolate Sauces
Cherries and Bananas

THE DO OR DIET

Vegetable Crudités with Assorted Dips
Bowls of Dried Banana, Apricot, Raw Cashews and Toasted Walnuts
Double Chocolate Brownies and Blondies
Iced Tea with Lemon Wedges and Chilled Milk Carafes

THE LIME-ON TREE

Lemon Bars
Key Lime Cookies
Miniature Lemon Meringue and Key Lime Tartlettes
Iced Tea with Lemon Wedges and Lemonade with Sugared Lime Wedges

THE CHOCOLATE LOVER’S BREAK

Double Fudge Brownies with Pecans
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Assorted Individual Chocolate Pastries
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mini Chocolate Crème Brûlé
Bowl of Chocolate Mousse, Sable
Carafes of Ice Cold Milk
Iced Chocolate Mocha

SAY CHEESE

Selection of Cheeses served Hot and Cold
Marinated California Goat Cheese and Manchego Served on Grilled Panini with
Tomato, Sweet Garlic Confit
Assorted American Cheeses, Quince
Hazelnut Honey, Walnut Bread Toast and Sea Salted Butter
Gorgonzola Ramekins
Gruyere Fondue with Ciabatta Tartine
Pickled-Red Sweet Onions

Breakfast

Choose from a selection of unique breakfast buffets.
The Ritz-Carlton Breakfast Buffet

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice and Grapefruit Juice

Assortment of Fresh Local and Tropical Fruits, Seasonal Berries
Display of Home-Baked Muffins, Coffee Cake and Danish Pastries

Toaster Stations with:
Assorted Bagels, Regular and Flavored Cream Cheeses
Butter and Preserves

The Finest Blend of Colombian Estate Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Teas

Scrambled Eggs, Goat Cheese, Basil and California Sweet Peppers

Maple-Wood Smoked Bacon

Country French Pork Link Sausage

The Mediterranean Breakfast Buffet

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice and Grapefruit Juice

Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruits and Berries, Brown Sugar

Mascarpone Honey Dip, Maple Crème Fraiche

Display of Home-Baked Muffins, Croissants and Danish

Artichoke, Potato and Chive Frittata, Goat Cheese Tapenade served with Chicken Italian Sausage

The Finest Blend of Colombian Estate Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Teas

Lunch

Guests can select from a luncheon buffet or a plated lunch.
Luncheon Buffet

Soup du Jour

Salad Bar:
Local Baby Lettuces, Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, Spicy Cress, Garlic Herb Croutons, Julienne of Red and Gold Peppers, Toasted Pinenuts, Carrot Salad, Sliced Cucumbers, Greek Mushrooms with French Feta Cheese, Cilantro-Red Wine Vinaigrette and Roquefort Dressing

Choice of Two Entrees:

Grilled Scottish Salmon, Lemon Grass and Roasted Garlic Sauce
Free-Range Chicken Breast, Peppered Honey-Vinegar Marinade
Beef Tenderloin Medallions, Essence of Wild Mushrooms
Roast Pork Loin, Cornichon Herb-Mustard Sauce
Fricassee of Garden Vegetables
Penne Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Garlic, Sweet Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
or
Gratin of Truffled Macaroni and Cheese with Mild California Cheddar

Assortment of Freshly Baked Rolls

Baked Fruit Tarts

Strawberries, Brown Sugar and Freshly Whipped Cream

The Finest Blend of Colombian Estate Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Teas 

Plated Lunch

ONE
Tomato Basil Bisque, Black Pepper Crostini

TWO
Butter Lettuce with Marinated Artichokes, Crimini Mushrooms, Feta, Roasted Shallot Crepe Dressed in a White Balsamic Vinaigrette

THREE
Breast of Chicken stuffed with Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts and Fresh Herbs, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Marsala Wine Sauce

Vegetarian Entrée will also be available

FOUR
Entrée served with Rolls and Breads Creamery Butter

GRAND FINALE
Vanilla Cream Brulee with Seasonal Berries

Dinner

Dinner Menu One

F I R S T
Edamame Bean Bisque, Oyster Tempura

S E C O N D
Heirloom Tomato and Seafood Terrine, Avocado, Passion Fruit Emulsion

Intermezzi 
Port Wine and Raspberry Sorbet

M A I N
Guests will be presented menu and asked for entrée selection on day of event

Grilled Prime Filet Mignon, Turnip-Apple Gratin, Glazed Root Vegetable, Calvados Demi Sauce
or
Seared Red Snapper, Bamboo Flavored Rice, Maitake Mushroom, Viognier Fume
or
Chef’s Selection of Vegetarian Entree

Rosemary Rolls, Kalamata Olive Rolls, Flat Breads, Baguettes and Creamery Butter

F I N A L É
House-Made Tiramisu & Southern Pecan Pie Drizzled with Orange Coulis

Dinner Menu Two

F I R S T
Scallop and Foie Gras Napoleon, atop Bisque of Butternut Squash

S E C O N D
A Bouquet of Tender Baby Lettuces, Heirloom Tomatoes, Aged Gorgonzola Terrine and Mission Fig drizzled with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Champagne Ritz Intermezzi

M A I N
Guests will be presented menu and asked for Entrée Selection on day of event

Sliced Filet Mignon, prepared “Au Poivre”, served with a Port Peppercorn Reduction
or
Filet of Chilean Sea Bass, Crusted with Pistachios and served with Lemon Grass Beurre Blanc
or
Herb Roasted Vegetable Strudel, Roasted Italian Red Pepper Sauce

Entrées are served with Potatoes Dauphinoise and a Medley of Fresh Local Vegetables

Rosemary Rolls, Kalamata Olive Rolls, Flat Breads, Baguettes and Creamery Butter

F I N A L É
A “Timbalé” of White, Dark and Milk Chocolate, Bitter Sweet Chocolate Gelato, Fresh Raspberries

Friandises

Reception

The meetings and special events managers will work with you to create a cocktail reception menu that is perfect for your event.
Butler-Passed Hors D’ Oeuvres

Coconut Shrimp with Soy Scallion Sauce

Grilled Baby Lamb Chops , Whole Grain Mustard and Rosemary Sauce

Parmesan Crusted Artichoke Hearts, Tomato Basil Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Profiterole

Oysters Rockefeller

Maytag Blue Cheese Filled Profiteroles